Nats' Rizzo, Davey downplay postgame talk

Nats' Rizzo, Davey downplay postgame talk

MIAMI -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson cleared the air about their postgame meeting following Sunday's 4-1 loss in Philadelphia, saying it was not a big deal.

Johnson proved that there were no hard feelings as soon as the two sat down in the visitors' dugout at Marlins Park, putting his boss in a headlock and laughing. This came two days after Johnson was overheard shouting, "You come down and manage the team," at Rizzo inside his office.

"It's normal business as usual. I admire Mike because he can get it right out," Johnson said. "I kind of keep it in, but he gets it out and it's over with. I wish I could do that ... vent, and it's over. But his points were well taken."

"It wasn't our first discussion," added Rizzo. "It's not going to be our last. There's nobody with a higher respect level for Davey than me. I love the guy. Two passionate baseball guys that give a darn, and we probably could've picked a better time to go talking to him, but like he said, that's how we do things. We get things in the open, and there's great communication between the two of us, and there's a high level of respect."

Rizzo reminded reporters that he meets with Johnson every day, discussing the positives and negatives of each game. There were just two differences this time around: Rizzo admitted he was probably "a little too emotional," and there just so happened to be reporters within earshot of the conversation.

"I could've probably tabled it to the next morning or the next day, but I didn't. We had a little discussion," Rizzo said. "It lasted two minutes, and then we talked and left the room 15 minutes later. Like I said, it wasn't the first time we discussed things loudly, and it probably won't be the last."